Ekwok is a second class city in the Dillingham Census Area.  Ekwok is located along the Nushagak River, 43 miles northeast of Dillingham and 285 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Ekwok means "end of the bluff" and is the oldest continuously-occupied Yup'ik Eskimo village on the river. During the 1800s, the settlement was used in the spring and summer as a fish camp and in the fall as a base for berry picking. By 1923, it was the largest settlement along the river. In 1930, a BIA school was constructed. Mail was delivered by dog sled from Dillingham until a post office opened in Ekwok in 1941. Many of the earliest homes in Ekwok were located in a low flat area near the riverbank. After a severe flood in the early 1960s, villagers relocated to the current location on higher ground. The city was incorporated in 1974.

Ekwok is a Yup'ik Eskimo village with a fishing and subsistence lifestyle.

Governance: Ekwok was incorporated in 1974 and maintains a mayoral form of government.  Mayor: Luki Akelkok, Sr.


  • Air transport is most frequently used to reach Ekwok. Regular and charter flights are available from Dillingham. The state-owned 3,300' long by 75' wide gravel runway was rebuilt and lengthened in 2005. Float planes land on the Nushagak River.
  • Cargo is brought in during ice-free months from Dillingham by Coastal Marine Transport barge service. There are no docking facilities, but a barge off-loading area exists.
  • Skiffs, ATVs, and snow machines are used for local transportation to other villages.

Education: The William “Sonny” Nelson School is a member of the Southwest Region School District.  It currently enrolls twelve students in kindergarten through eighth grade who are guided by a single teacher. Superintendent: David Piazza



City of Ekwok

P.O. Box 49

Ekwok, AK 99580

Mayor- Luki Akelkok, Sr

(907) 464-3311


Ekwok Natives Limited

P.O. Box 1189

Dillingham, AK 99580

President - Luki Akelkok, Sr.

(907) 464-3317

OR, Ekwok Office:

General Delivery, Ekwok, AK 99580

(907) 464-3323


Ekwok Village Council

P.O. Box 70

Ekwok, AK 99580

President - Luke Akelkok, Sr.

(907) 464-3336


CDQ Group:

Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation

PO Box 1464

Dillingham, AK 99576-1464

President/CEO - Norman Van Vactor

(907) 842-4370



Ekwok Electric

P.O. Box 49

Ekwok, AK 99580

Richard Stermer

(907) 464-3333



Download a listing of projects submitted by the City of Ekwok for inclusion in the Southwest Alaska Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Download Ekwok Projects List